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Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) authored Silent Spring, a book published in 1962 about the impacts of pesticides on the ecosystem and credited with beginning the modern environmental movement.

Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, renamed the Fish and Wildlife Service, from 1935-1952 as a biologist and then editor-in-chief of publications.

In 1969 one of the Service’s refuges near Carson’s summer home on the coast of Maine was renamed as the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in her honor.

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